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Portland Will Pay $65,800 a Year to Hire a Legal Weed Regulator


What does $65,800 buy in the legal-weed market?
Right now, a little more than 7 pounds of pot in Washington state. Legal-marijuana prices haven’t yet been set in Oregon, but the same money will pay the annual salary of Portland’s first government weed regulator.
As first reported in Wednesday's    More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by AARON MESH

Fired OHSU Primate Research Center Employee Says Her Boss Got Co-Worker Drunk on the Job


Alcohol and monkeys don’t mix.

That’s the warning from a former Oregon National Primate Research Center employee, who says she was fired in June after reporting that her boss was getting a fellow employee drunk on the job.

As first reported in this morning's   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories
These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Why Did Measure 88 Lose So Badly?

A new report blames national "Tea Party nativists."


This month's election results suggest Oregon remains a blue oasis in a red political tide. So how to explain voters overwhelmingly rejecting Measure 88, which would have given drivers cards to undocumented immigrants?Salem political insiders had warned for months the mea...   More
Monday, November 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Business Alliance Says if Street Fee Includes Income Tax, They'll Likely Refer It to Voters

UPDATE: Advocates say business groups trying to "hold the process hostage."


Portland Business Alliance president Sandra McDonough tells WW that unless Portland City Hall removes a personal income tax from the street fee, the business lobby will probably help refer the $46 million proposal to voters.

"It's down to this one detail—and we don't understand why they won't move on that," says McDonough. "We are talking to the folks who are l...   More
Friday, November 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Launches in Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard


The ride-sharing startup Uber keeps driving closer to Portland.

The San Francisco company, which enlists drivers to use their own cars as de facto taxis, says it’s launching its service this afternoon in Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton and Tigard. WW reported the launch in this morning's   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AARON MESH

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.

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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Saki’s Big Bet

The city says Saki Tzantarmas is holding his East Portland neighborhood hostage.

Cover Story
Saki Tzantarmas turns on the lights in the kingdom he built, leans against a table, and starts to cry. The ultraviolet fluorescent beams illuminate an expansive banquet hall he’s named the P   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Ann Sanderson

A Woodstock hair stylist is leading the fight for Portlanders to vote on the street fee.

City Hall
Since May, Ann Sanderson has been battling the Portland street fee. She also helped design it. Sanderson, 50, owns Odango Hair Studio in the Woodstock neighborhood. When she spoke out against    More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Airbnb Has Spent $47,000 Lobbying Portland City Hall


 Airbnb keeps spending money to woo Portland City Hall.

The company has reported spending $23,331 on lobbying City Hall in the third quarter of 2014. That’s when the City Council approved rules legitimizing the company’s operations, requiring safe...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by AARON MESH

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